IFM International Fisheries Management

IFM Online: SVF-2505 Basic Social Science
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Course description

This course is primarily intended for students aiming to enter the International Fisheries Management master programme. Through seven topics, the course gives a basic introduction to the fisheries system, to social science system theory and the basic concepts in fisheries management, and to different approaches to fisheries management. Students can take a self test after each topic.


  1. The Fisheries – Why are they important?
    • Food source - Food security and safety
    • Social Issues –
      1. Who fish and has the right to fish,
      2. Class, gender, and power
    • Income, livelihood and economy
    • Political relevant - sovereignty
    • Ecosystem impact
  2. The Fisheries as systems
    • A system approach to the fisheries - Diversity, Complexity, Dynamics, and Scale or how fish, people and society are linked together.
    • The diverse actors in the fisheries,
    • The challenge
      How to create ecologically, economically and social sustainable fisheries?
  3. Why do we manage the fisheries?
    • Open access and The tragedy of the commons
    • Towards the Law of the Sea
    • International, Regional, and National institutions
    • From unregulated to regulated Nature and Society
  4. How do we manage the fisheries?
    • Management regimes – What is a regime
      • Centralized management - case
      • Participatory (co-) management - case
      • Self management - case
      • Market based -cases
    • Management approaches and institutional challenges
      • Single stock - Norwegian Cod
      • Multi spices fisheries
      • Straddling stocks - Tuna
      • Ecosystem Approach
  5. Systems of rights in the fisheries
    • Traditional rights
    • Indigenous rights
    • Rights vs social justic
  6. Systems of knowledge in the fisheries
    • Traditional knowledge - case
    • Formalized knowledge - case
    • Integrating different knowledge systems – case
  7. Solving problems and conflicts in fisheries management
    • Sources and consequences
    • How can they be solved?
    • Making fisheries management policy and plans
      Case - Forvaltningsplan for Barentshavet?


Classfronter: Articles in pdf, power point slides in pdf, links to short videos.
Web based self test (multiple choice)10 questions after each topic.

Course data

Code: SVF-2505
Name: Basic Social Science
Credits: 5 ECTS
Period: Qualifying for IFM
Exam: ??
Grading: ECTS
Language: English
Lectures: Online
Seminars: Online
Coordinator: Jahn Petter Johnsen / Bjørn Hersoug
Department: ISAM

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